Mexican Rigs In Violation, More CNN Embarrassment And The Truth About Alternative Energy

It’s been awhile since Mexican rigs started to come rumbling across the Southwest border. But many of our fears are being realized. The Independent Drivers Association, a trucking advocacy group, has documented hundreds of safety violations on Mexican rigs running on American highways.

From World Net Daily:

“The Department of Transportation is allowing Mexican long-haul rigs to operate in the United States without requiring U.S. rules and regulations to be enforced,” Rick Craig, the director of regulatory affairs for the group, told WND in a telephone interview yesterday.

“The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is providing exemptions from U.S. safety rules that the FMCSA claim are covered in a Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Mexico,” Craig continued.

“It’s a clear double standard,” he said. “Mexican truck safety regulations are being accepted by the FMCSA as equivalent to U.S. rules, even though the FMCSA refuses to provide any real detail about how or why the decision was made.”

The association has filed a lawsuit against the DOT and FMCSA in San Francisco, challenging that the Mexican trucks the government is allowing into the U.S. under the DOT demonstration project are unsafe when tested by U.S. safety rules and regulations.

Do you want your family to be on the same road as one of these unsafe Mexican rigs? I don’t either.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

Hundreds Of Safety Violations Documented For Mexican Rigs
Jerome R. Corsi
WorldNetDaily.com
December 5, 2007


Apparently, CNN is still trying to lie it’s way out of the GOP YouTube Debate scandal. CNN Washington Bureau Chief David Bohrman was talking with Howard Kurtz about this recently. Here is a part of the transcript from NewsBusters.org:

HOWARD KURTZ, host: David Bohrman, you said you didn’t know — that no one at CNN knew that General Kerr was on these Hillary Clinton advisory boards. Shouldn’t you have tried harder to find out by using an online Google search?

DAVID BOHRMAN, CNN WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF: Well, we did a Google search. I mean, we went through 5,000 questions and narrowed it down and narrowed it down. And there were an awful lot of gay in the military questions. The one from the general was striking, but the first thing we said once we saw this question was, is this guy for real? Let’s check him out.
We did a Google search. And, you know, if you Google him today you’ll find all the Hillary Clinton references. Back then what we discovered is he’s for real. He was a real brigadier general. He had — he had a real career, and he was now active in gay and lesbian issues.

Tim Graham, the author of the NewsBusters article, notes that a Clinton campaign document that was over six months old would have showed up on a Google search if CNN had actually done one.

More:

KURTZ: Right. But in the vetting process, no one ever asked him, “Are you affiliated with any presidential candidate?”

BOHRMAN: Right. But here’s why we stopped. Here’s why we stopped making sure that he was a real general and making sure that he hadn’t contributed to a campaign. His question was great. All right?

You have a group of Republican candidates that have some difference of opinion on this topic. You have a true war hero in John McCain. You have Mitt Romney, who’s on record as saying, I live for the day when gays and lesbians can serve openly, and a question coming from a general was extremely powerful, regardless…

You read that right. CNN stopped the vetting process because “His question was great.”

No integrity over at CNN. None at all.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

CNN’s Bohrman: Unrepentant About Stupid YouTube Debate Tricks
Tim Graham
NewsBusters.org
December 4, 2007


What is the reality behind alternative energy? Roy Innis looks at that question in his most recent column. Let’s jump right into it:

Over half of our electricity comes from coal. Gas and nuclear generate 36% of our electricity. Barely 1% comes from wind and solar. Coal-generated power typically costs less per kilowatt hour than alternatives – leaving families with more money for food, housing, transportation and healthcare.

By 2020, the United States will need 100,000 megawatts of new electricity, say EIA, industry and utility company analysts. Unreliable wind power simply cannot meet these demands.

Wind farms require subsidies and vast stretches of land. To meet New York City’s electricity needs alone would require blanketing the entire state of Connecticut with towering turbines, according to Rockefeller University Professor Jesse Ausubel. They kill raptors and other birds, and must be backed up by expensive coal or gas power plants that mostly sit idle – but kick in whenever the wind dies down, so factories, schools, offices and homes don’t shut down.

And this:

For three decades, US demand for natural gas has outpaced production. In fact, gas prices have tripled since 1998, to $13 per thousand cubic feet today, and every $1 increase costs US consumers an additional $22 billion a year.

With Congress and states locking up more gas prospects every year, this trend is likely to continue – further driving up prices and forcing us to import increasing amounts of expensive liquefied natural gas, often from less than friendly nations.

We simply cannot afford to halt the construction of new coal-fired power plants, though some are trying to do exactly that.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. masterminded and bankrolled anti-coal initiatives in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. The scheme was intended to drive up the price of natural gas, and thus profits, by making coal less available and more expensive – with little regard for poor families.

As Kansas discovered after its environmental chief blocked a proposed new coal generator, coal projects also come with transmission lines to carry intermittent wind-generated electricity and more reliable coal-generated power. Wind farms typically do not. Now a dozen Kansas wind projects are also on hold.

Former Clinton Administration environment staffer Katy McGinty engineered the lockup of 7 billion tons of low sulfur Utah coal, worth $1 trillion. Current and proposed air and water quality rules would make it even more difficult and expensive to provide adequate coal-fired electricity. But the facts support more coal use, not less.

Just something to think about.

You can access the complete column on-line here:

The Truth About “Alternative Energy”
Roy Innis
TownHall.com
Decmeber 5, 2007

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